Santa Fe Bandstand Presents

Alex Maryol and Santa Fe Chilies Dixie Jazz Band

Blues, Rock | Dixieland Jazz

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The son of Greek-American restaurateurs, Alex Maryol grew up in Santa Fe New Mexico and was raised on the music of Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Elvis Presley. He began songwriting during his teenage years while performing at smoky bars and coffee shops in downtown Santa Fe. While primarily influenced by blues greats such as Lightning Hopkins and Buddy Guy Alex maintained a love for all musical genres from classical to grunge. Alex has been the opening musical act for Etta James, Bo Diddley, Ani DiFranco, Michael Franti, Leon Russell, and G. Love and Special Sauce. He appeared at the Telluride Blues Festival for years 2001 through 2008 with other musical guests such as James Brown, Johny Lang, John Mayer, Otis Taylor and Buddy Miles.

Dixie, or Dixieland is a name given to the style of jazz performed by early New Orleans Jazz Musicians. The name is a reference to the “Old South”. Dixieland which was developed in New Orleans, is one of the earliest styles of Jazz music. The style combined earlier brass band marches, French Quadrilles, ragtime, and blues with collective,polyphonic improvisation. While instrumentation and size of bands can be very flexible, the “standard” band consists of a “front line” of trumpet, (or cornet), trombone, and clarinet, with a “rhythm section” of at least two of the following instruments:guitar or banjo, string bass or tuba, and drums. The Santa Fe Chiles Dixie Jazz Band has been in existence for 20 years, and proudly continues to perform this traditional and historic form of classic American music. The Chiles have toured throughout New Mexico and the West for many years, playing many jazz festivals and special events. Most of the members of the band have been in the band for an average of about 12 years. 

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